Iona Winter

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Kia ora koutou,

My name is Iona Winter and I am an emerging writer of Scots/Irish/Māori whakapapa. I live, write and work in Karitane and Ōtepoti, Dunedin.

I've been invited to participate in the Edinburgh International Book Festival finale event 'Unbound'. There, representatives from UNESCO Cities of Literature will create a space to present their work. I am one of two writers going to Edinburgh from Dunedin and this event is an opportunity to introduce a contemporary bi-cultural voice to an international audience.

In my presentation, Do you speak the lingo? Kōrero Māori, ye ken? I explore the interplay between language, migration, place, whakapapa and wairua. Via storytelling, I will weave a mix of my Māori and Celtic voices.

Ever the optimist, I reckon these opportunities come around rarely - like once in a lifetime - and have gratefully accepted the offer to present my writing at Unbound.

I'm asking you, my Boosted supporters, to help me with travel, accommodation and daily living expenses while I am in Scotland.

Below are links to my Wordpress and Twitter where you can follow me throughout this process. 

Please share the aroha around, pass this on to anyone you think will be (even remotely) interested.

I need all the support I can get, and you will have my eternal thanks.

Ngā mihi nui, Iona x 


Shout outs to whānau and friends for the aroha and to my tama Reuben Winter for his background track on the video: Milk: 'Fireplace'




  • Post-Edinburgh


    Kia ora my Boosted whānau of supporters,

    Edinburgh was a life-changing, powerful experience.

    Three weeks ago I called a karanga, read my words and sung waiata in the middle of Charlotte Square at the Festival. It was a massive acknowledgement to both my ancestry and the connection between Ōtepoti, Dunedin, Aotearoa and Edinburgh, Scotland (as International Cities of Literature). I performed twice, and was asked back the next day to be filmed reading my writing.

    Everwhere I went (bus, train or on foot) I was made to feel very welcome. I had amazing, unexpected conversations with people throughout my entire journey. I saw castles and stone circles, restrained myself from buying loads of books, listened to thick braw accents with a smile on my face, and wrote whenever I could.

    Would I do it again? Absolutely!

    And I could not have done this without your support. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa!

    Iona x

    p.s. I'm completing a collection of short fiction, soon to be pitched to publishers.

  • Ka mau te wehi! 102% and still going...


    Tēnā rawa atu koutou. Thank you all so very much! We've made it to 102% in 2 weeks!

    I truly appreciate the support, including (but not limited to):

    Messages of encouragement, sharing my (numerous) posts on social media, Mum for your unwavering support, Reuben for your music on my video (and your aroha), whānau and friends and people I've never met who've gifted generously, mates who will come and see me perform in Edinburgh (and take photos too), loans of neck pillows and sound advice on managing long haul flights, Dudley Benson for your wonderful guidance, and everyone who has told me they've been moved (or felt supported) by my writing.

    The support you've gifted me will enable me to sleep well, with a full puku and immerse myself fully in Scotland before my performances (not just once but twice) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

    It may also allow me to:

    Take a random train ride to garner inspiration, buy ice creams in the sweltering Scottish sun (it's been known to happen), visit the Highlands where men in kilts roam amongst castles and stone circles, and purchase a new raincoat. As they say in Scotland 'there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes' pays to be prepared.

    And people are still asking me if they can contribute. Āe. Yes. And Please.

    With 13 days left to go, if you've had my project on your radar and would like to contribute, any additional koha is very welcome. I assure you it will be put to good use. How many books can I fit in a suitcase?

    I will remain connected (via all my links here), everyone will be acknowledged in my book (whenever it comes out - hopefully this year) and you have my eternal gratitude. Who knows, after this is all over, I may even start a shop and borrow this sign!

    Aroha nui, Iona x


    Ka mau te wehi! 102% and still going...
  • E hika!



    It's rare for me to be sans-words, but I am gobsmacked at the koha and aroha received in such a short time.

    To have gained over 50% dontated so quickly is overwhelming! I truly appreciate all the support, feedback and encouragement you have gifted me.

    From my whare this evening, to yours. Tēnā rawa atu koutou Boosted whānau, thank you all so very much.

    Iona x

    E hika!